Appointment of DVC Research and Innovation
The University Management has a great pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor Mashupye Ratale Kgaphola – DVC Research and Innovation effective from 01 July 2020. Professor Kgaphola holds a B.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Amongst his notable... Read more
UKZN secures a rapid tester for Covid-19
The College of Health Sciences (CHS) at UKZN has secured an advanced instrument called the ILEX Genehecker (ultra-fast pcr) valued at $10 000 to conduct rapid testing for Covid-19. The instrument was donated by the Gift of the Givers following a request made by UKZN researchers, Professor Anil Chuturgoon,... Read more
UKZN academic is youngest SARChI Chair in Inclusive Cities
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Lecturer, Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu (35), was recently appointed as the first SARChI Chair in Inclusive Cities in South Africa. The Chair is co-funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and South African Cities Network. This is also the first Chair in the Built Environment Cluster... Read more
UKZN Student hosts podcast called Unravel
The University of KwaZulu-Natal`s (UKZN) Drama and Media studies student Ms Nokuthula Khwela hosts her own podcast called Unravel on Spotify and Captive FM that aims at addressing societal challenges that she feels is constantly swept under the rug. Since being on the airwaves in just over two weeks,... Read more
The macroeconomics impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in SA
Compiled by: Christian Tipoy, Ntokozo Nzimande, Malibongwe Nyathi, Harold Ngalawa, Simiso Msomi and Adebayo Kutu on behalf of the Macroeconomics Research Unit, UKZN South Africa should not have undertaken a wholesale one-size-fits-all lockdown of the economy that commenced on 26 March 2020 in response to the spread of the... Read more
PhD Explores Ethical and Legal Issues Associated with the Use of Preimplantation Genetic Testing
Legal academic Dr Sheetal Soni’s mission as an expert in Bioethics, Medical and Reproductive Technology Law is to explore how law and science can work together to address complex issues in this niche field. Her PhD study, Spare-part Sisters and Bred-to-order Brothers: an Ethical and Legal Analysis of Preimplantation... Read more
Graduate Calls for African Music and Dance Programmes in High Schools
Passionate about music, the performing arts and a dream to build an arts centre in her hometown of Gamalakhe near Port Shepstone, Ms Silindile Shazi is thrilled to be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree cum laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The first in her... Read more
Father and Son Celebrate Graduation Together
Dane Arumugam and his son, Jadrian, will both receive postgraduate degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) 2020 virtual graduation ceremony. Arumugam, who is the Finance Manager at UKZN’s College of Humanities, completed a PhD in Higher Education and Jadrian, an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology. Jadrian says his... Read more
Stroke Survivor to Graduate with Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree
Displaying resilience in the face of adversity – In spite of suffering a stroke that paralysed the left side of her body, Ms Nokubonga Sithole went on to complete her studies and will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal today. Sithole was... Read more
Medical Graduand Overcomes Funding Challenges
Despite facing grave financial challenges, Ms Ntokozo Maphanga persevered to realise her dream of graduating with an MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In her third year of studies Maphanga was financially excluded from the University because she could no longer afford her tuition fees. She worked to pay... Read more

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